SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has launched an academy designed to give current assistant principals the knowledge they would need as principals.
The Quality-Plus Leader Academy, which has been in development for two years, will provide training in curriculum and instruction, school budgets, human resources, operations, management and community relations, according to a press release from the school
The academy was created because the school system will need new principals in coming years, as 37 new schools are slated to be built by 2014 and a number of current principals plan to retire in coming years.
The curriculum for the academy was created and developed by school system leaders, and instructors are senior-level GCPS leaders and community and subject-area experts, the press release states.
"To be effective, a principal must have knowledge, skills, and talent that cannot be acquired in college courses alone, and cannot be mastered without opportunities to learn from outstanding leaders in the profession," Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a press release.
The inaugural class of 36 assistant principals was picked from 68 applicants, said Jorge Quintana, the school system's spokesman. Applicants were required to have at least two years' experience as an assistant principal. Class members were picked based on interviews, an analysis of records of education and experience, and principals' recommendations.
The academy members will receive instruction for a year.
Participation in the academy does not guarantee a promotion to principal, Quintana said. The school system still plans on recruiting principals from outside the school system, he said.
The following assistant principals have been admitted to the inaugural class of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy.
Audrey Baptiste, J.C. Magill Elementary
Monica Batiste, G.H. Hopkins Elementary
Stephen Black, Grayson High Technical Education Program
Bob Burgess, Collins Hill High
Tarsha Chambers, Snellville Middle
Penelope Clavijo, J.C. Magill Elementary
Paula Cobb, Dr. M. H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Debra Dees, Brookwood High
Jose DeJesus, Berkmar High
Susan Downs, Lanier Middle
Mary Lou Enright, Sugar Hill Elementary
Paula Everett-Truppi, Duluth Middle
Allan Gee, J.E. Richards Middle
Deborah Harris, Meadowcreek High
Luevenia Holloway, Lilburn Middle
Dorothy Jarrett, South Gwinnett High
Doris Jones, Dacula Middle
Jason Lane, Brookwood High
Bryan Long, GIVE Center East
Kelli McCain, Grayson Elementary
Andrea Miller, Five Forks Middle
Angelique Mitchell, Rockbridge Elementary
Deb Murphy, Sycamore Elementary
Eric Parker, J. E. Richards Middle
Lesley Pendelton, Benefield Elementary
Charisse Redditt, Benefield Elementary
Marci Resnick, Richard Hull Middle
Valerie Robinett, Duluth High
Betty Ann Schoeneck, W.C. Britt Elementary
Kimberly Smith, Level Creek Elementary
Rania Sukkari, Berkeley Lake Elementary
Wandy Taylor, Lilburn Elementary
Georgia Tomlin, Peachtree Ridge High
Beryl Wagner, J.P. McConnell Middle
Jason Wester, Dacula Middle
Angela Wright, Louise Radloff Middle